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Full text of "Alexander von Humboldt"

LIFE  OF
CHAPTER XIL
OF HXJMBOLBT'S  LIFE—ILLUSTRATIONS  OE   TRAVEL
AJO>  OF JSTATUBE.
THB life of Alexander von BCunxboldt is so fertile in
objective and subjective events, that it was impossible
to represent  the various   scenes   of his adventures,
scientific and social, in former chapters.    We often
hurried over events, views, and landscapes, in order
not to fall from the field of the biographer into that
-of the writer of travel; but we often wished to tarry
longer, and give the dangers and impressions of new,
bold discoveries, or try the effect of many a beauti-
ful natural scene upon the mind of our reader.    As
we wish, however, to satisfy the readers of this bio-
graphy in this respect also,  and bring Humboldt be-
fore the people in the various circumstances of his
glorious activity,  and in order once more to follow
him in his thoughtful contemplation, clear explana-
tion,   and   instructive   tuition   of   nature,   we   have
gleaned some stray sheaves on the paths traversed
in the   previous   chapters.     We   append,   therefore,
some scenes of travel, natural phenomena, and views,
extracted   from Humboldt*s writings, as a gallery of
sketches which will fill up the crude outline, and the
gaps in our portrait of Huinboldt.